President Ahmed Mohamud Silanyo
An openly gay man has been elected president of Somaliland, an internationally unrecognised state in the Horn of Africa.
Ahmed Mohamud Silanyo was elected last month by almost 50% of the area’s voters over incumbent President Dahir Riyale Kahin.
According to Allvoices.com, Silanyo is open about his sexuality and has been in a relationship with his partner for 27 years. They have adopted three children.
Silanyo, who is Chairman of the Peace, Unity and Development Party, studied at the University of Manchester and has a Master’s Degree in Economics.
His election as leader of a predominantly Muslim territory, despite being a gay man, is an oddity in an increasingly homophobic continent.
Somaliland, with a population of around 3.5 million people, is regarded internationally as an autonomous region of Somalia but not as an independent state, despite the region declaring its independence in 1991.